Maria Sharapova has a brutal response to Serena's '100 percent hearsay' comment

Jo Caldwell
June 8, 2018

Garbine Muguruza annihilated the former world number one Maria Sharapova 6-2 6-1 on Wednesday to reach the French Open semi-finals.

The win for Halep also means she will not lose hold of her world number one ranking, no matter what happens in the next game.

Stephens maintained her ideal record against fellow American Madison Keys with a 6-4 6-4 win.

Halep played her first Roland Garros final in 2014 when she lost to Russian Maria Sharapova.

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The 25-year-old Stephens won last year's U.S. Open for her first major, beating Keys in the final. Muguruza won the French Open in 2016, then Wimbledon previous year.

Simona Halep followed Rafa Nadal on court, and she followed Nadal's gameplan to perfection-it was a masterful performance of defense plus offense.plus defense. "It was very nice to play like that", a beaming Halep, who trailed Muguruza 1-3 in head-to-head clashes, said. "I think everyone would ask me questions, as well", she said.

It was Halep who made a blistering start on Court Philippe-Chatrier as she broke Spaniard Muguruza's serve four times to win the opening set 6-1.

"Coming into this part of the year, I was losing a few first-round matches, matches that I wanted to be winning, of course", Sharapova said.

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Breaking Muguruza three times in the first set, she raced into a 5-0 lead. The victor earns a berth in the final at Roland Garros - plus the No 1 ranking that now belongs to Halep. So I will stay chilled. Big margins can suddenly become much smaller much like during the US Open final last year when the occasion got to the 23-year-old.In Paris, things have been a little calmer for the American up until her quarter-finals."Honestly, the US Open feels like it was 12 years ago at this point".

Keys slipped two breaks down in the second but although she pulled one back Stephens served out for the match.

"When you're facing somebody that also has an aggressive style of game I think it's about who takes the command, who takes the first opportunity", Muguruza said. And I played very well, and she played very well. "I just want to play as I did today, and as I did every day". She started going for less, adding a little more lift to her shots and letting Kerber make the mistakes. Muguruza, who is 3-1 against the No. 1-seeded Halep in her career, has never squared off with her in a Grand Slam.

In all, Keys made 41 unforced errors, 30 more than Stephens.

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She endured an eight-match losing streak after leaving NY, going 0-6 for the rest of 2017 and then 0-2 to begin 2018, including a first-round loss at the Australian Open. "Looking at Madrid, Rome, I think that's always one of the toughest back-to-backs on the calendar, especially on a surface like clay". Just like at the 2017 US Open, Stephens has embraced "go-time" tremendously well again at the French Open this year.

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